Students from top universities in Bangalore are facing a serious setback as placement activities are stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Bibek Baidya
Most top universities in Bangalore had to cancel their final semester and
placement activities due to the current scenario. Most of these students who were to graduate in 2020 seem uncertain about their future. The college
placement authorities are also unable to hold the placement activity.
Professor Raganath. D, Head of the Placement and Training Cell at R. V. college said “Some of our students have received offers and we are in constant touch with the students who are still to get a job. Once the situation is stable we will work on that. We are in constant touch with the HR of different companies.”
A report by World Bank states that India’s unemployment rate increased to 5.36 per cent in December 2019, from 5.33 per cent reported in December 2018. The report also says that India’s Labour Force Participation Rate dropped to 49.29 per cent in December 2019.
Muskan Sharma, a student of Christ University says “Our placement process stopped within one week, hardly 5 per cent students got placed. Most of us are trying to contact different companies and the college placement team has given us an assurance that they will hold the remaining process online.”
Ms Somashekar M.N. placement officer of Ramaiah Institute of Management says “With such a huge number of students it is really tough to for us in the current situation. Some of the companies had hired our students during the first phase of the placement process. Hopefully, they will stick to their word, and call our students to join. Our team is constantly working with the students online to conduct interviews. But with the current scenario, it is very tough to figure what will happen next.”
Manoj K. a management student of Dayanand Sagar University says “Our future is very uncertain as we do not know whether the companies will hire us if the situation worsens. The companies have asked the ones who have been already placed to wait until the situation gets normal.”
Moumita Ghosh, HR at Cognizant India says “It is tough for the company in the current situation to deal with the newly recruited employees because most of our training officers are working from home. Once the situation improves we will look forward to recruiting freshers. ”
Tathagatha Ghosh, head of HR team at BYJU’s says “Various technical and marketing skills are required for a fresher to fit into the skin. As most of the employees are working from home and are busy with a lot of work, we are holding the required process for the time being.”
Mohammed Yasir Molla, the owner of Alitaz Edu360, am education consultancy organization said, “It is a very tough time for the Indian job sector. As the lockdown is extended to May 3, many companies will not employee freshers. Right now nothing is predictable. Once the condition gets normal then they may start recruiting freshers. But India in upcoming times will face a huge burden of unemployment.”